Letter From The Editor - Issue 39 - May 2014

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Stories
The War of Peace (Part 1)
by Trina Marie Phillips
The Flittiest Catch
by Robert Lowell Russell
Always Here
by Ken Liu
The Postman
by Ken Liu
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Orson Scott Card - Bonus Story
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Always Here
    by Ken Liu

Always Here
Artwork by Emily Tolson

I was seven when Anna first spoke to me.

"What's that?" a voice asked. It sounded like a girl.

I was alone in my room, building a model rocket. I looked around.

"Who's there?"

I checked the radio on the shelf and the CD player on my desk. Both were off. I pulled open the curtains to look for Dad, who liked playing pranks. The yard was empty in the summer twilight.

"What's that?"

The voice didn't come from anywhere. She was talking from inside my head.

"Who are you?"

"Call me Anna. What's that?"

I went back to my desk. "It's a rocket," I said. I had just finished painting the body red but hadn't attached the white fins yet.

"You're going to fly a bigger one someday?"

When adults asked you a question like that, it wasn't a real question. They laughed no matter what you said. But Anna didn't sound like an adult.

"Yes," I said.

"Good."

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